11 Mar healing at whole
herbalism is also known as phytotherapy.
Most prescription drugs are actually derived from plants with medicinal properties, otherwise known as herbs. But Herbalism is not just about pharmaceuticals, however. It is a centuries-old form of medical treatment that targets not so much just the symptoms, which is typical of modern medicine, but treats the person as a whole, using the entirety of these plants that offer therapeutic properties, of which there are many.
When we say herbalism dates back centuries, we aren’t exaggerating. Some evidence dates the use of herbs for medicinal purposes back more than 60,000 years!
There are numerous types of herbalism in practice around the world such as Traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, native North American and Western herbalism. Even though it still gets referred to as an alternative therapy, herbalism in one way, shape or form is the most common type of medicine practiced worldwide. More than 80 percent of the global population depends on the use of herbs for their health.
The key thing to know about herbalism is that, unlike plant-based pharmaceuticals, it is not based on just one chemical compound extracted from a plant for use in a drug; it uses remedies that entail the entire plant and all its biochemical constituents.
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